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Consolidate Robot and CNC Controllers in a Single Real-time Windows IPC

Demo video: How to consolidate robot and CNC controllers into a single real-time Windows IPC

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When it comes to machine automation, hardware costs and complexity add up fast. As your requirements expand, so does your ever-growing list of hardware: a controller for robot control. Another for CNC. Another for machine vision. You end up with a lot of controllers, perhaps even proprietary, ultimately end up being a lot of systems to manage – and a lot of dollars out of your pocket.

Software-based machine control changes that paradigm. With the right software and a single real-time Windows PC, you can consolidate all of those controllers and their associated costs. Your Windows IPC becomes the only controller that you need. Simply by flipping a switch or moving an Ethernet cable, you can seamlessly switch from a robot controller to CNC controller to a GigE camera. No more separate infrastructure with separate costs, no need for data acquisition or control cards – just one integrated real-time Windows machine acting as an all-in-one controller.

What about the challenges of EtherCAT? While EtherCAT is recognized as the network standard for software motion control, it’s not without issues. That’s why KINGSTAR delivers auto-discovery, auto-configuration, and much more, all in a “plug-and-play,” open and standards-based environment.

Software-based machine automation also supports the modern needs of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial IoT (IIoT). It enables an OPC UA connection to the cloud for analytics, back-end needs, and security. A SCADA connection saves data to your database for real-time processing. And with new add-ons consistently added to the platform, you can keep up with the industry’s move to the cloud.

Watch the demo video below to learn how KINGSTAR helps you radically simplify your architecture by consolidating controllers and modernizing machine automation.

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The Bionic-Hand Arms Race

The prosthetics industry is too focused on high-tech limbs that are complicated, costly, and often impractical

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A photograph of a young woman with brown eyes and neck length hair dyed rose gold sits at a white table. In one hand she holds a carbon fiber robotic arm and hand. Her other arm ends near her elbow. Her short sleeve shirt has a pattern on it of illustrated hands.

The author, Britt Young, holding her Ottobock bebionic bionic arm.

Gabriela Hasbun. Makeup: Maria Nguyen for MAC cosmetics; Hair: Joan Laqui for Living Proof
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In Jules Verne’s 1865 novel From the Earth to the Moon, members of the fictitious Baltimore Gun Club, all disabled Civil War veterans, restlessly search for a new enemy to conquer. They had spent the war innovating new, deadlier weaponry. By the war’s end, with “not quite one arm between four persons, and exactly two legs between six,” these self-taught amputee-weaponsmiths decide to repurpose their skills toward a new projectile: a rocket ship.

The story of the Baltimore Gun Club propelling themselves to the moon is about the extraordinary masculine power of the veteran, who doesn’t simply “overcome” his disability; he derives power and ambition from it. Their “crutches, wooden legs, artificial arms, steel hooks, caoutchouc [rubber] jaws, silver craniums [and] platinum noses” don’t play leading roles in their personalities—they are merely tools on their bodies. These piecemeal men are unlikely crusaders of invention with an even more unlikely mission. And yet who better to design the next great leap in technology than men remade by technology themselves?

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